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    Idaho Fish and Game officials recently stumbled upon an 'elk boneyard' at the base of Craig Mountain in Idaho. The grisly sight included 15 elk heads, patches of fur, shredded flesh, mangled antlers and countless broken bones. Wildlife staff was led to the gruesome scene when a mortality signal went off from a radio collared elk on Craig Mountain. Upon arrive at the slope, the team determine it was a landslide with boulders the size of beach balls that slaughtered the herd as it attempted to climb over the mountain. The grisly sight included 15 elk heads, patches of fur, shredded flesh, mangled antlers and countless broken bones Idaho Fish and Game came across the pile of bones, fur and flesh on July 8, after receiving signals from one of their collard elks. Mark Shepard, senior technician with Idaho Fish and Game, wrote in a press release: 'Data generated from the GPS collars give wildlife staff the ability to track where collared individuals are located, their movement patterns, and potentially where and, in some cases, how they die. RELATED ARTICLES...
    DENVER (AP) — The Stanley Cup championship celebrations are quieting down for the Colorado Avalanche. Time to get down to the business of defending their title. Colorado’s first big move in what’s sure to be a busy offseason was re-signing veteran forward Andrew Cogliano to a one-year deal Tuesday. The 35-year-old Cogliano played a gritty role in helping the Avalanche hoist their first Cup since 2001. More big decisions are looming. All over the ice, the Avalanche are filled with unrestricted free agents. There are forwards like Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky, Valeri Nichushkin, along with defensemen such as Josh Manson and Jack Johnson, and goaltender Darcy Kuemper. There are also several restricted free agents like Artturi Lehkonen and Nicolas Aube-Kubel. “The guys that drive the bus every night are still here and are very hungry, ” Cogliano said over a Zoom call. That would be the nucleus of Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen and captain Gabriel Landeskog. Makar is the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the postseason MVP. “We’re going to be hungry for more....
    (CNN)The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 to win the team's first Stanley Cup since 2001 on Sunday night. It's the team's third Stanley Cup title overall.With the score tied 1-1 a little over halfway through the second period, Avalanche winger Artturi Lehkonen scored the game-deciding goal.The Lightning won the last two Stanley Cups in 2020 and 2021.The Avalanche finish the 2022 NHL playoffs with a record of 9-1 as the visiting team. The team's only loss came against Tampa Bay in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.This is a developing story and will be updated.
    Cale Makar has won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after leading the Colorado Avalanche to their first Stanley Cup title since 2001 and third in franchise history. Makar is the second defenseman to win the award over the past three years. He follows Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the back-to-back defending champions eliminated by Colorado in the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night. “We’ve seen him play this way from Day 1 of the season,” coach Jared Bednar said. “This guy is elite, and with him, the job he does for us offensively and defensively, watching him play, how dynamic he is, he’s just the best defenseman in the game right now.” And the best player in the playoffs, bringing a wildly creative flair on offense to the speedy, force-the-turnover defense the Avs need to make things go. No one played or produced more for Colorado during this Cup run than Makar, who also won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman during the regular season. The 23-year-old skated 27 minutes a game and led...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Colorado Avalanche win third Stanley Cup title, beating two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CBS4) — Avs fans everywhere were able to rejoice on Sunday night, as the Colorado Avalanche made team history for the third time, winning Game 6 over defending champion Tampa Bay Lighting to be crowned the 2022 Stanley Cup Final champions. TAMPA, FLORIDA – JUNE 26: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates with Valeri Nichushkin #13, Gabriel Landeskog #92, Josh Manson #42 and Bowen Byram #4 after MacKinnon scored in the second period of Game Six of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on June 26, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) The Avalanche continued their playoff success on the road and avoided a Game 7 with a win in Tampa in front of the opposing team’s crowd at Amalie Arena. As many know, the last time the Avs hoisted the Cup was in 2001 with a series win over the New Jersey Devils, when current general manager Joe Sakic was the captain. Colorado began the final series with two straight wins, taking advantage of home...
    (AP) — One of the biggest stories in the NHL this season has been the increase in viewers in the league’s first year of its television contracts with ESPN and TNT. The league is also seeing unparalleled growth in female and younger fans that should have a big impact for years to come. According to NHL research, 37% of hockey fans are female, including an eye-popping 26% growth in that demographic since 2016. Most of those new fans are likely within the coveted 18-49 age demographic, too, since nearly 40% of all NHL fans are under 50. Colorado Avalanche fans cheer the team in the 1st period of the Stanley Cup Finals game 1 against Tampa bay Lighting at Ball Arena in Denver on June 15. (credit: Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post) Kali Mick — an Avalanche fan who lives in Colorado and is part of the league’s Power Players youth advisory board — said the recent growth comes as the league has showcased more of the human side of the game. “We’re seeing more player interviews, family moments and those heartfelt...
    DENVER (CBS4)– There won’t be a Colorado Avalanche watch party at the Tivoli for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. This comes after fans outside the gates of Friday’s watch party for Game 5 breached the fence and went into the quad on the Auraria Campus. (credit: CBS) Fans inside the event were eagerly cheering on the Avs when some fans climbed the fence and were eventually escorted out by security. The event was free but organizers said it had reached capacity at 10,000 people. (credit: CBS) CBS4 saw multiple people running from law enforcement into the party before they were taken down and escorted back out beyond the gates. (credit: CBS) The Auraria Education Center said with all the events planned in downtown Denver this weekend, they decided not to host another watch party. LIMITED TICKETS REMAINING! Let’s pack the place and have them hear us all the way in Tampa! https://t.co/OrK1M8xdLb#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/wQfMembvAO — Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) June 25, 2022 Avs fans can still get tickets to the Ball Arena watch party. Doors open at 5 p.m....
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The status of a couple of key players remains uncertain for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Colorado coach Jared Bednar says there’s a chance Game 1 overtime hero Andre Burakovsky could return Sunday night following a three-game absence from the best-of-seven series. Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point figures to be a game-time decision for the two-time defending champion Lightning, too. The Avalanche lead the series 3-2, despite being without Burakovsky since the forward suffered a hand injury blocking a shot in Game 2. “Burky is still considered day to day,” coach Jared Bednar said in Denver on Saturday before the Avalanche boarded a flight for Florida. “I think he’s a possibility for us, he’s traveling with us,” Bednar added, “so he may be in the lineup.” Burakovsky scored in overtime to give Colorado a 4-3 victory in Game 1, then had a goal and an assist before departing Game 2, which the Avalanche won 7-0. He remained in Denver, while the team traveled to Florida for Games 3 and Game 4, and then sat out...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Josh Manson still had his bags half-packed from the Colorado Avalanche’s last time on the road, when they returned home with the chance to win the Stanley Cup. That didn’t happen, and now he and his teammates are confronted with Game 6 Sunday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the arena they hoisted the Cup a year ago to become back-to-back champions. Trying to win their first championship as a group and the organization’s first since 2001, the Avalanche know the immense challenge they have in front of them against a desperate opponent that has more experience this deep into the playoffs. “You have to have that desperation because it’s the finals,” Manson said Saturday in Denver before flying to Tampa. “You can’t look at the amount of games that we have left. You have to be desperate every single game.” Colorado would desperately like to avoid a second consecutive loss that sets up Game 7 back home Wednesday and Tampa Bay being one victory away from a three-peat. And it even has a...
    DENVER (AP) — Keep that champagne chilled. It’s back to the slushy ice of Amalie Arena for the Colorado Avalanche after they failed to close out the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning overpowered Colorado with tougher physicality, clogged the neutral zone and once again relied on goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy’s firebolt reflexes to counter Colorado’s superior speed in a 3-2 victory in Game 5 on Friday night at Ball Arena. Coach Jon Cooper found a way for the Lightning to finally bottle up Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen to send the series back to Tampa with a chance to tie it up in Game 6 on Sunday night. DENVER, COLORADO – JUNE 24: Colorado Avalanche Fans hold signs as the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate a win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game Five of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Ball Arena on June 24, 2022 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Ondrej Palat sent the puck through Darcy Kuemper’s legs with 6:22 remaining in the third period to break a...
    DENVER (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in the hunt for a third straight Stanley Cup title, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night in Game 5. Ondrej Palat scored with 6:22 remaining and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 36 shots in front of a raucous crowd hoping to celebrate the Avalanche’s first championship in 21 years. The Cup was all shined up and in the building, too. It’s heading back to Tampa for Game 6 on Sunday night. The Lightning trail the best-of-seven series 3-2. Nikita Kucherov and defenseman Jan Rutta also scored for the Lightning. Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar had goals for Colorado. Makar’s third-period tally bounced off the skate of Erik Cernak and through the pads of Vasilevskiy to tie it at 2. It set the stage for Palat, whose shot slipped through the pads of Darcy Kuemper. A brief hush fell over the crowd. Tampa Bay regrouped after an emotional Game 4 loss at home on a overtime goal from Colorado forward Nazem Kadri. The Lightning felt the Avalanche...
    DENVER (AP) — Keep the champagne chilled. It’s back to the slushy ice of Amalie Arena for the Colorado Avalanche after they failed to close out the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. The Lightning overpowered Colorado with tougher physicality, clogged the neutral zone and once again relied on goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy’s firebolt reflexes to counter Colorado’s superior speed in a 3-2 victory in Game 5 on Friday night at Ball Arena. Coach Jon Cooper found a way for the Lightning to finally bottle up Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen to send the series back to Tampa with a chance to tie it up in Game 6 on Sunday night. Ondrej Palat sent the puck through Darcy Kuemper’s legs with 6:22 remaining in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and Colorado was whistled for too many men on the ice with 2:38 remaining as they were trying for the equalizer. Cooper had complained 48 hours earlier that Colorado’s game-winner in overtime came with too many men on the ice, but the Avs didn’t get...
    Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar was not pleased with officials during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Colorado Avalanche entered Friday night with the chance to win their third Stanley Cup in franchise history. With a 3-1 Stanley Cup Final lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning, all they had to do was win Game 5 to officially end the series and the season. During Game 5, let’s just say that star defenseman and Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar was not too pleased with the officiating. That was evident after a breakaway opportunity that was unsuccessful. He looked at the officials nearby and said “you’re a f—ing joke.” "Youre a f–king joke." Cale was NOT happy with the officials ???? pic.twitter.com/hC373Rwsto — B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) June 25, 2022 Cale Makar lets officials hear it in Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final While he was unhappy at that particular moment, things did get batter for Makar. With the Avalanche trailing 2-1 to start the third period, Makar tied things up just a little over two minutes. Makar unleashed a...
    (AP) – Jon Cooper backtracked and shifted a possible missed call to the rearview mirror with the expertise of a coach who has been here before. Counterpart Jared Bednar, on the verge of his first NHL championship, sought to settle the issue once and for all and move on. Still, the Stanley Cup Final is roaring toward a conclusion full of uncertainty about the officiating, which is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after Nazem Kadri’s overtime goal put the Colorado Avalanche up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series. DENVER, CO – JUNE 18: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) and Colorado Avalanche right wing Logan O’Connor (25) are separated by the referee in the third period during the Stanley Cup Finals game 2 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado on June 18, 2022. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The goal came with what Cooper and his Tampa Bay Lightning thought was too many men on the ice. No penalty was called, and now the...
    DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar and the Colorado Avalanche weren’t all that interested in glancing back at the simmering controversy over the way Game 4 ended in overtime. Of way more importance was looking ahead to this: A chance to clinch the franchise’s first Stanley Cup title since 2001. In front of their home fans, too, where ticket prices have soared to more than $1,300 for an upper-level seat. On Friday night in Game 5, Colorado has a chance to not only dethrone two-time defending champion Tampa Bay, but possibly jumpstart its own dynasty. behind a core of young, dynamic players like Makar “It’s going to be the toughest one that we’ve had so far,” said Makar, whose team leads 3-1 in the best-of-seven series and boasts a 3-1 mark in close-out games this postseason. “We have to expect them to bring obviously everything they have at us because it’s do-or-die. We just have to be ready.” The Lightning weren unhappy with how things ended in overtime on Wednesday night. Nazem Kadri, injured thumb and all, scored the...
    DENVER (CBS4)– If not in Tampa Bay, Ball Arena with all the sights, smells and sounds was the next best place to watch the Colorado Avalanche battle it out in Game 4. (credit: CBS) “This arena and these fans are unbelievable,” Christy Simard said. Simard and her 12-year-old daughter Elise made the trip form Saskatchewan, Canada, their second visit to Denver since the team started their run for the cup. “I really can’t even describe how amazing it has been and how amazing the Avs culture has been,” she said. The two watched two playoff games in Denver and were set to attend Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but Elise who has battled medical conditions since birth, got sick. The opportunities for them to be in the crowd didn’t just happen but started in 2019 when Elise met now-Colorado Avalanche center Alex Newhook at a Victoria Grizzlies game. (credit: Christy Simard) “He knew we were coming, he had it all arranged, ready to go and the two of them were making googly eyes at each other through the...
    Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri shoots the puck past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy for the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night in Tampa, Fla. Colorado has a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 5 is Friday in Denver. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos yells at linesman Kiel Murchison after getting tangled up with him during overtime against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Four of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 22, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning makes a save during overtime against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Four of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 22, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri scores a goal against Andrei Vasilevskiy #88 of the Tampa Bay Lightning to win 3-2 in...
    Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri was the hero of Game 4 when he scored one of the most unusual goals the Stanley Cup Final has ever seen. Just call Nazem Kadri “The Magician” from now on. Because he made the pick disappear on the way to winning Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Avalanche and Lightning went to overtime on Wednesday night locked at 2-2 when Kadri, who was making his series debut after recovering from thumb surgery, found the net to end the game. However, no one, not even Kadri himself, realized it was even a goal until several seconds had passed. Why? Because the puck slipped into the top netting of the goal and rested on top of the crossbar.Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri scored an unbelievable goal to win in overtimeKADRI?! WHAT AN ENDING TO GAME 4! ????#GoAvsGo | #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/NzqHc5Xb2Y — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 23, 2022 In aftermath of the winning shot, Kadri and his teammates looked for the rebound. Lightning goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevskiy tried in vain to cover the nonexistent puck. It wasn’t...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored at 12:02 of overtime and the Colorado Avalanche took a 3-1 series lead by beating the Lightning 3-2 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. TAMPA, FLORIDA – JUNE 22: Gabriel Landeskog #92, Mikko Rantanen #96, J.T. Compher #37 and Logan O’Connor #25 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate the game winning goal by Nazem Kadri #91 who scored in overtime to defeat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in Game Four of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 22, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images) Tampa Bay faces a daunting task to become the first team since the New York Islanders won four championships in a row from 1980-83 to lift the Cup three straight seasons. Teams down 3-1 in the final have rebounded to win it all just once in 36 tries. The Lightning could not have asked for a better start when Anthony Cirelli scored from the slot on the rebound 36 seconds into the game. But...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning’s three-peat bid is in deep trouble. Nazem Kadri scored at 12:02 of overtime and the Colorado Avalanche took a 3-1 series lead by beating the Lightning 3-2 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. Tampa Bay faces a daunting task to become the first team since the New York Islanders won four championships in a row from 1980-83 to lift the Cup three straight seasons. Teams down 3-1 in the final have rebounded to win it all just once in 36 tries. The Lightning could not have asked for a better start when Anthony Cirelli scored from the slot on the rebound 36 seconds into the game. But Tampa Bay could not build on its early advantage despite outshooting the Avalanche 17-4 in the first period. After Nathan MacKinnon tied it with his first goal during the final during a power play at 5:17 of the second, Victor Hedman regained the momentum for the Lightning after making several moves bringing the puck into the offense zone to elude...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored at 12:02 of overtime and the Colorado Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to move within a victory of dethroning the two-time defending champion Lightning. Playing for the first time since June 4 due to a thumb injury, Kadri skated in on Andrei Vasilevskiy and slipped a shot under the goaltender’s right arm to give Colorado a 3-1 series lead. The Avalanche outshot the Lightning 11-3 in the extra period. Vasilevskiy stopped Logan O’Connor on a breakaway, and Colorado had a shot clang off the post and another hit the crossbar before Kadri ended it. Game 5 is Friday night in Denver, where Colorado won the first two games of the series and are 7-2 this postseason. Anthony Cirelli scored 36 seconds into the game and Victor Hedman also scored in regulation for the Lightning. They took a 2-1 lead into the third period. Nathan MacKinnon scored on a second-period power play for Colorado, and Andrew Cogliano tied it early in the third....
    DENVER (CBS4) – As the Colorado Avalanche close in on their first Stanley Cup Final championship in more than 20 years, the sport of hockey is gaining more and more fans throughout the region. People of all ages and backgrounds are starting to show interest in the sport after never watching it before. However, as the sport grows, some local Coloradans are hoping the diversity within the game will as well. “There are very few Black and brown fans in the stands,” said Kristen Wallace, a fan of the game and the Colorado Avalanche. “We know that hockey is a majority white sport.” Wallace, a Black woman, grew up watching hockey. Her love for the game has stayed strong and has only been reaffirmed as the Avalanche thrive. However, Wallace is not the only Black fan of hockey that has noticed the sport’s lack of diversity across the board. (credit: CBS) “There aren’t a lot of fans that look like me,” said Danielle Adams, a local hockey fan. Adams, also a member of Colorado’s Black community, is now a member...
    Valeri Nichushkin stood in front of a poster of Alex Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup on the eve of his first trip to the final and remembered what it was like to witness that moment. “That was fun to watch when Ovi win it, especially when he celebrated,” he said. “I think that was one of the best things.” One thing better for Nichushkin would be hoisting hockey’s holy grail himself. “I hope so,” he said. “We’ll see.” Nichushkin and the Colorado Avalanche are two wins away from doing just that, and the big Russian winger is a big reason why they’ll take a 2-1 lead over the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning into Game 4 on Wednesday. He was tied for the team lead in goals with three, set up Andre Burakovsky for his overtime winner in the series opener and scored in Game 3 before it was called back for an oh-so-close offside. He has consistently been the best player on the ice in the final, hounding the puck, forcing turnovers and creating offense. “He’s...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — So much for the notion that the Tampa Bay Lightning might be running out of gas against the speedy Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final. Turns out the team’s recipe for postseason success still works when the two-time defending champions incorporate all the ingredients. Like goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy reverting his customary stingy ways; Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman lighting up the scoresheet; and a slew of lesser-known role players contributing offensively and defensively, too. The Lightning still trail the best-of-seven series 2-1 after bouncing back from the most lopsided playoff loss in franchise history to beat the Avalanche in Game 3. C oach Jon Cooper is confident his team is trending in the right direction. “I probably use this word too often, but there’s a recipe in place for us to have success. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to see what hasn’t worked for us in games where we’ve gotten blown out and what’s worked for us in the games we’ve won. A big part of it is managing the puck,” Cooper...
    (AP)– Backup goaltender Brian Elliott didn’t flinch while sitting on the bench, perhaps because he knew what was going through coach Jon Cooper’s head. As the Tampa Bay Lightning were getting drubbed 7-0 by the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, there was never any serious consideration about pulling reigning playoff MVP Andrei Vasilevskiy. TAMPA, FLORIDA – JUNE 20: Corey Perry #10 of the Tampa Bay Lightning hits the post prior to scoring on Pavel Francouz #39 of the Colorado Avalanche during Game Three of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 20, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) “Listen, this is the playoffs and we’re here to win hockey games,” Cooper said afterward, knowing at the time the chance to win that particular game had vanished long before the final horn. “Vasy gives us the best chance to win a hockey game, and he’s our guy. He’s going to be in there a couple nights. No. He’s the best goalie in the world, and we win together and...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos, Pat Maroon and Ondrej Palat each had a goal and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lighting scored four times in the second period and beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 Monday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Anthony Cirelli, Nicholas Paul and Corey Perry also scored to help the two-time defending champion Lightning bounce back after playing poorly while losing the first two games on the road. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman had two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37 shots. TAMPA, FLORIDA – JUNE 20: Mikhail Sergachev #98 of the Tampa Bay Lightning shoves Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche from behind during the second period in Game Three of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 20, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) Stamkos, Paul, Maroon and Perry scored in the second period, when the Lightning chased Colorado goalie Darcy Kuemper while pulling away to trim their series deficit to 2-1. Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and Mikko Rantanen had two...
    How to watch Lightning vs. Avalanche in 2022 Stanley Cup Final originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington The 2022 Stanley Cup Final is set, and it’s primed to be an electric series. The Tampa Bay Lightning will face off against the Colorado Avalanche for the chance to lift the Cup. They are also chasing different types of history for their respective franchises. The Lightning came into the season as two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. The team did not earn a top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but they find themselves in a familiar place competing for a title. Tampa’s playoff run began with a seven-game triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs and continued with a sweep over the Florida Panthers. Things got dicey in the conference final after the Lightning lost their first two games to the New York Rangers, but they rattled off four straight wins to secure another Prince of Wales Trophy. While the Lightning lost two games in the conference final, the Avalanche have lost two games all postseason. They began their dominant Western...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Colorado not only failed to take a stranglehold in the Stanley Cup Final after a 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 3 Monday night, but also wound up with goaltending questions. Darcy Kuemper, after rarely being tested in a 7-0 win in Game 2 Saturday night that put the Avalanche up 2-0 in the series, was pulled midway through the second after giving up five goals on 22 shots. Kuemper left Game 1 of the Western Conference Final against Edmonton with an upper-body injury and was replaced by Pavel Francouz, who was in net for a four-game sweep over the Oilers. There were discussions about who would start the Tampa Bay series but a now healthy Kuemper got the call and things were going well for Colorado until the Lightning returned home for Game 3 and turned the tables on the Avalanche. After being the team thriving on pressuring the Lightning into mistakes and holding them to 16 shots in Game 2, Monday night found the Avalanche on their heels with a number of bad...
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos, Pat Maroon and Ondrej Palat each had a goal and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lighting scored four times in the second period and beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 Monday night in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Anthony Cirelli, Nicholas Paul and Corey Perry also scored to help the two-time defending champion Lightning bounce back after playing poorly while losing the first two games on the road. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman had two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37 shots. Stamkos, Paul, Maroon and Perry scored in the second period, when the Lightning chased Colorado goalie Darcy Kuemper while pulling away to trim their series deficit to 2-1. Gabriel Landeskog had two goals and Mikko Rantanen had two assists for the Avalanche. Kuemper gave up five goals on 22 shots before he was replaced by Pavel Francouz, who finished with nine saves. Game 4 is Wednesday night at Amalie Arena, where the Lightning have won a franchise-record eight straight playoff games and Colorado lost on the road for the first...
    The Tampa Bay Lightning are back in the series, as they defeated the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Here are three things that we learned from the game. The Tampa Bay Lightning returned home for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final after suffering two brutal losses to the Colorado Avalanche. From losing 4-3 in overtime in Game 1, to getting blown out 7-0 in the following contest, the Lightning needed to pick up a victory to avoid a 3-0 deficit. Tampa Bay did just that, as they defeated the Avalanche in dominant fashion to cut the series deficit to 2-1. Not only that, but this is Colorado’s first road loss in their playoff run. Here are three things that we learned from Game 3.3. Tampa’s video challenge in first period loomed largeThe Avalanche scored the first goal in the previous two games of the Final. It looked like it was going to be three in a row early on in the first period, as Valeri Nichushkin put the puck past goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to...
    The Tampa Bay Lightning look to avoid a dreaded 3-0 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final with a Game 3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, June 20. Through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, the Colorado Avalanche look like they are cruising to their third championship in franchise history. They defeated the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 in overtime in Game 1 and then handed them a blowout 7-0 loss in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead. When it comes to Tampa Bay, you can never count them out in a series, just look at what they did in the opening round against the Toronto Maple Leafs and in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Rangers. Now, they return to home ice, looking to avoid the dreaded 3-0 deficit with a Game 3 victory on Monday, June 20. Here is all of the information you need to know regarding Game 3.Tampa Bay Lightning vs Colorado Avalanche Game 3 TV channelGame 3 will air on ABC and will be...
    DENVER (CBS4) – If you have a case of Avs Fever but can’t make it to the games, there is no shortage of places to watch the Avs chase the Cup. (credit: CBS) Team-sponsored official watch parties are happening at Ball Arena and the Tivoli Quad on the Auraria Campus. Admission to the Tivoli Quad at 900 Auraria Parkway is free. There are huge screens which will show the game and food and drives from Tivoli Brewing will be sold on site. There will also be opportunities to win Avalanche gear and team-signed items. For more, check out the Avalanche’s website. If you want the stadium experience, there will be watch parties at Ball Arena again for the Stanley Cup Final away games. Tickets are $20 each, up from $10 for the Western Conference Final, and can be bought here. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Concessions will be sold at the arena and shops will also be open. All proceeds will benefit Kroenke Sports Charities. DENVER, CO – (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) McGregor Square has hosted...
    DENVER (AP) — It’s no secret Tampa Bay has played more hockey over the past two years than any other team in the NHL. That may — finally — be taking a toll on the two-time defending champ Lightning against the Colorado Avalanche, who took a much shorter route to the Stanley Cup Final and lead the best-of-seven series 2-0 going into Game 3 on Monday in Tampa. “The shot blocking, the groins, the hips, the cuts, the bruises, playing every second night: That’s the toll,” coach Jon Cooper said Sunday. “And so when you get to the end, even though it doesn’t look like they’re banged up, they’re missing guys, we’re missing guys. We’ve got banged-up guys. That’s what the playoff toll does. It’s not what happened last year.” What happened last year was the Lightning became the second franchise since the salary cap era began in 2005 to win the Cup back-to-back. This year, they beat Toronto in seven games, swept Florida and advanced to the final by coming back to beat the New York Rangers...
    DENVER (AP) — Marinate on this for a quick moment: Colorado has 11 goals in the Stanley Cup Final so far, and not one from star forward Nathan MacKinnon. The always-pushing-the-pace Avalanche are clicking on all cylinders, even with MacKinnon’s scoring held in check and Nazem Kadri sidelined by a thumb injury. This is a bunch that comes at you from all directions — no matter the name on the back of the jersey. They’re a constant blur of burgundy-and-blue that gets fast break after fast break, scoring chance after scoring chance. Along with it, they have a 2-0 lead over Tampa Bay in the best-of-seven series, with Game 3 in Tampa on Monday night. “Certainly the fastest team that we played,” Tampa Bay forward Steven Stamkos said. “We’ve got to find a way to slow them down.” How, precisely? “Putting pucks in areas where you can neutralize their speed and not turning the puck over — not giving them freebies,” Stamkos said. “It’s no secret they’re a very fast team.” Colorado has scored at least seven goals four...
    DENVER (AP) — This loss wasn’t as easy for the Tampa Bay Lightning to shrug off. What emerged from the reigning two-time Stanley Cup champs Saturday night wasn’t their clutch pedigree or vaunted ability to bounce back after a loss but frayed nerves and maybe a realization that the Colorado Avalanche are coming swiftly for their crown. Outmuscled. Outhustled. Out-tussled. Andrei Vasilevskiy and the rest of the Lightning were thumped 7-0 by the Avalanche, losing their cool and their mojo along with the game to fall behind two games to nothing in the best-of-seven series. If you were wondering where the party was at last night, it was inside Ball Arena. ???? #StanleyCup ????: Game 3 tomorrow at 8p ET on ABC, @ESPNPlus and @Sportsnet pic.twitter.com/zSiWMMA25q — NHL (@NHL) June 19, 2022 This marked just the second time in Vasilevskiy’s 465-game NHL career that he allowed that many goals in a game, but his teammates said it was absurd to pin this loss on him. “We left him out to dry tonight” said Tampa Bay’s captain, Steven Stamkos....
    DENVER (AP) — Looking like by far the better team against the defending champions, the Colorado Avalanche overwhelmed the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Valeri Nichushkin scored his seventh and eighth goals of the playoffs and continued to be the best player on the ice in the final, Game 1 overtime hero Andre Burakovsky beat Andrei Vasilevskiy again and even defensive defenseman Josh Manson and 35-year-old grinder Darren Helm got in on the fun with a goal apiece. Playoff MVP front-runner Cale Makar scored twice in the third period, inciting chants of “We want the Cup!” from a fired up crowd. Rarely have the Lightning been completely outclassed during this run of postseason success, but they also hadn’t faced an opponent like the Avalanche, who forced them into one uncharacteristic mistake after another. Colorado was dominant in every facet of the game to move two victories away from the franchise’s first title since 2001 and the first by this core led by Nathan MacKinnon....
    DENVER (AP) — Looking like by far the better team against the defending champions, the Colorado Avalanche overwhelmed the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-0 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Valeri Nichushkin scored his seventh and eighth goals of the playoffs and continued to be the best player on the ice in the final, Game 1 overtime hero Andre Burakovsky beat Andrei Vasilevskiy again and even defensive defenseman Josh Manson and 35-year-old grinder Darren Helm got in on the fun with a goal apiece. Playoff MVP front-runner Cale Makar scored twice in the third period, inciting chants of “We want the Cup!” from a fired up crowd. Rarely have the Lightning been completely outclassed during this run of postseason success, but they also hadn’t faced an opponent like the Avalanche, who forced them into one uncharacteristic mistake after another. Colorado was dominant in every facet of the game to move two victories away from the franchise’s first title since 2001 and the first by this core led by...
    The 2022 Stanley Cup Final continues in Game 2 on Saturday, June 18, as the Colorado Avalanche host the Tampa Bay Lightning.  It’s still early in the Stanley Cup Final series, and the Tampa Bay Lightning still have a chance to win the coveted cup, but as of now, all bets are on the Colorado Avalanche in Game 2. The Avalanche dominated in Game 1 of the championship series, leading 4-3 over the Lightning while playing at home. Colorado scored quickly in Game 1, and as soon as Tampa Bay shot one into the net, the Avs responded quickly. The two teams battled all the way to overtime in Game 1, but ultimately, the Avs won out, and the same is expected in Game 2. While each team has a compelling case to take the Stanley Cup this season, Game 2 is a definitive game that could change the momentum for either team — and the Avs could use the home advantage before heading to Tampa Bay for Game 3. Here is all the information to tune into a...
    DENVER (CBS4)– Sports stores were busy and hotel lobbies were packed on Friday, as the Colorado Avalanche prepare for game two of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday. (credit: CBS) Over at Tom’s Watch Bar on 19th street, game one brought in massive crowds, and game two likely will as well, giving businesses like Tom’s an economic boost. “We have amazing Avs fans, and they typically fill up first, but we’ve had several guests from out-of-state come and join the party, too,” said Refik Turkanovic, a Tom’s operating partner. “It will absolutely be impactful, this location has done great so far, we’ve been open for a year and a couple days now, and it’s helping us grow.” And it’s growth that the state’s economy will feel, too. “Any event that’s going to bring a lot of people from somewhere else is going to bring tens of millions of dollars into the economy,” said Darrin Duber-Smith, a Metro State University of Denver senior lecturer. (credit: CBS) That’s because more people are spending money around the arena and at watch parties, and...
    DENVER (AP) — Jon Cooper told his Tampa Bay Lightning players in the locker room following their Game 1 loss they need to be a lot better to take out the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final. After a day of rest, they got to work figuring out just how to do that. Denver, CO – JUNE 15 : Colorado Avalanche fans cheer the team in the 1st period of the Stanley Cup Finals game 1 against Tampa bay Lighting at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post) The two-time defending champion Lightning are no strangers to making adjustments and bouncing back in a playoff series. Their biggest test begins with trying to slow down the speedy Avalanche, who have their own tweaks to make in the chess match that has now begun going into Game 2 on Saturday night. “We’re dissecting the game by zone, by special teams, by breakouts, by forecheck,” Cooper said. “There’s so many different things that go into it.” Based on a lack of familiarity...
    DENVER (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon has gone from “Why me?” to “Why not us?” After losing in the second round of the playoffs for the third consecutive year last season, the star-crossed superstar groused that he was eight years into his NHL career and he hadn’t won squat. EDMONTON, ALBERTA – JUNE 04: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche looks to pass against Derek Ryan #10 of the Edmonton Oilers in the third period in Game Three of the Western Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on June 04, 2022 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images) An offseason chat with his boss, Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic, helped the Colorado center realize he didn’t have to lug around the franchise’s fortunes and weight of hefty expectations squarely on his shoulders. By dialing it down, MacKinnon perhaps has cracked the code. “Nate is giving up probably playing the way he’s always played to make sure that he’s good on the defensive side of it, but he’s still contributing and it’s up to the...
    DENVER (AP) — Visitors to Ball Arena are reminded of the altitude challenge facing them as soon as they walk through the doors with a sign welcoming them to the “Mile High City, elevation 5,280 feet.” That reminder becomes reality during the first few shifts of a hockey game, especially one as crucial as the start of the Stanley Cup Final. DENVER, CO – JUNE 15: Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul (20) takes the puck to the goal against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (6) during game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado, on June 15, 2022. (Photo by Mark Stahl/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Tampa Bay Lightning looked like they were feeling it early in Game 1, though they came back to tie it before losing in overtime. They said they don’t consider the elevation a reason they shouldn’t be able to tie the series on Saturday night. “It would be easy for...
    DENVER (AP) — Jon Cooper told his Tampa Bay Lightning players in the locker room following their Game 1 loss they need to be a lot better to take out the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final. After a day of rest, they got to work figuring out just how to do that. The two-time defending champion Lightning are no strangers to making adjustments and bouncing back in a playoff series. Their biggest test begins with trying to slow down the speedy Avalanche, who have their own tweaks to make in the chess match that has now begun going into Game 2 on Saturday night. “We’re dissecting the game by zone, by special teams, by breakouts, by forecheck,” Cooper said. “There’s so many different things that go into it.” Based on a lack of familiarity facing an opponent from the opposite conference, the start of a final is more of a learning process than series earlier in the playoffs, and it took experiencing — and at times getting flustered by — Colorado’s pace for Tampa Bay to know exactly...
    DENVER (AP) — Visitors to Ball Arena are reminded of the altitude challenge facing them as soon as they walk through the doors with a sign welcoming them to the “Mile High City, elevation 5,280 feet.” That reminder becomes reality during the first few shifts of a hockey game, especially one as crucial as the start of the Stanley Cup Final. The Tampa Bay Lightning looked like they were feeling it early in Game 1, though they came back to tie it before losing in overtime. They said they don’t consider the elevation a reason they shouldn’t be able to tie the series on Saturday night. “It would be easy for everyone to use that as an excuse, but we came out here early, got a good practice in and we were ready to go,” veteran defenseman Victor Hedman said Friday. “Now we had a few days more, but it’s not going to change the way we approach the game.” Center Anthony Cirelli, whose job is to shadow speedy Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon, brushed it off entirely as a factor....
    DENVER (CBS4) – One of the most consistent pieces of the Colorado Avalanche franchise won’t be taking part in the Stanley Cup Final. Legendary National Anthem singer Jake Schroeder has performed in front of the Avalanche crowd more than 1,000 times, but as an historic season comes to a close, Schroeder is in France. (credit: CBS) “The people that go to those games have treated me so well and are so kind. It’s just, I think that’s what I’m going to miss the most is people are so nice,” Schroeder said last week before leaving for his new job leading a non-profit. Singing the National Anthem started out as a hobby in 1985 when Schroeder first sang before a Denver Nuggets game. He’s performed before at the beginning of many events for nearly 40 years. It was in the late 90s when he became a constant before Avs games. A song that has created a remarkable bond between him and his late father. “The first year I think I missed a few more than normal and then after that I...
    (AP) — Darcy Kuemper smirked. A day after saying he and Colorado Avalanche goalie partner Pavel Francouz usually get a text message the night before a game telling them who’s starting, he finally let on that it wasn’t such a secret going into the Stanley Cup Final. “I might have known a little bit longer,” he said. There was no goalie controversy then and there’s no goalie controversy now for the Avalanche, who beat the back-to-back defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime to take the opener of the best-of-seven series. Kuemper made 20 saves on 23 shots and has coach Jared Bednar’s trust going into Game 2 Saturday night. “I was pretty happy with his performance,” Bednar said. “Darcy is a guy we leaned on heavily all year long. It’s why we relied on him to do this job.” Darcy Kuemper of the Colorado Avalanche keeps an eye on the puck during Game 1 in the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Finals as the Colorado Avalanche play against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Ball Arena. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver...